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Bergen County [ New Jersey ] July 14, 1780 . Informs Congress of arrival of the French fleet off Newport. Encloses plan for inspector general’s department. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. A draft of this plan in H’s writing dated July, 1780, is found in the Washington Papers, Library of Congress. According to Fitzpatrick ( GW John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The...
Colo. Bland being about to retire from his Command at the Barracks in Albemarle, and desirous to withdraw at the same time the party of his horse which has hitherto been Stationed there, wished that we should supply their place by sending thither about twenty or five and twenty of the horse of this State. Our horse being as yet not very well trained, the Officers represented that it woud much...
I have been honored with your Excellency’s dispatch of the 24th inclosing two acts of Congress of the 23d and 24th instant. Since the information transmitted Congress of the sailing of a fleet with troops from New-York, I have received accounts which though not as decisive as some I expect, yet I have reason to believe will not fall short of the number detatched. As the intelligence stands,...
Some time in June I received from Mr. Jay a letter desiring I would have evidence collected on the subject of some Frenchmen who were said to have been murdered in cold blood by the English during their invasion of this commonwealth in the Spring. Several disappointments have retarded this matter much more than I could have wished, tho’ we have paid repeated attention to it. I now do myself...
Major General Baron De Steuben has signified to me his wish to go to Philadelphia to obtain some determination on his department, which for want of a proper establishment is in confusion—I cannot suffer him to depart, without adding new testimonies of his exertions and usefulness in the course of the last campaign; and begging that his business may receive the earliest attention. If Congress...
I forward to your Excellency, under cover with this, copies of letters recieved from Major General Greene and Baron Steuben which will give you the latest state of the situation of things with us and in North-Carolina. [I observe a late resolve of Congress for furnishing a number of arms to the Southern States; and I lately wrote you on the subject of ammunition and cartridge-paper. How much...
I have received your Excellency’s favors of the 16th and 24th ulto with the several Resolves to which they refer. The first came to hand while I was absent on my journey to Harford. I most sincerely wish that the measures which have been adopted, for procuring a supply of fresh and salt Meat, may prove effectual. Congress will perceive by the inclosed, which is the Copy of a representation...
On receipt of the resolutions of Congress of June 19, for procuring Horses to remount Whites and Washingtons cavalry we laid the same before the assembly and were authorized by them to engage the state for payment. We thereon sent out powers to the different counties to purchase 160 Horses which were properly described in addition to 83, the purchase of which we had before authorized. That...
The Letters and papers accompanying this will inform your Excellency of the arrival of a British flag vessel with clothing, refreshments, money &c. for their prisoners under the Convention of Saratoga. The Gentlemen conducting them have, on Supposition that the prisoners, or a part of them still remained in this State, applied to me by Letters, copies of which I transmit your Excellency, for...
I have had the pleasure of a communication from Comte de Rochambeau and Chevalier Ternay, since their arrival at Rhode Island, and take the earliest occasion to inform Congress of their force and situation. The succour destined for these States, for particular reasons, were thrown into two divisions. The first (that arrived) consists of 7 Sail of the line, and one of 64, converted into a...